Madiba Riddim Drake
10 November 2016, 15:09
John Legend gives his honest opinion.
John Legend wrote an emotional open letter on Instagram yesterday after Donald Trump became President of the United States.
The singer posted an adorable picture of himself alongside his wife Chrissy Teigan and their 6-month-old daughter Luna.
A public Clinton-supporter, Legend explained in the caption that the election did not go the way that he hoped it would.
'I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion.'
He also pointed out that newly appointed Trump has a history of sexual assault allegations and is notorious for his sexist and derogatory comments towards women.
'I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter.'
'But we did not.' he says in the caption.
Read the full post below:
It's been quite a time for the United States and the rest of the world as we all watched the election results come in early Wednesday morning. Some of us wept for our country. Some of us celebrated. Some of us are already taking to the streets in protest. You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest. I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it. I will not give up though. I will continue to be aware and vigilant. I will continue to speak out for justice. We didn't think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video. But in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it's clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it's also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind. The video premieres Friday and features a diverse group of people from all over the world. From Standing Rock to Iraq, from Orlando to the DR. Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that. If you want to join in our celebration of love, use the hashtag #lovemenow and send us a picture of you and someone you care about.
The R&B singer also revealed he inadvertently tied in the election result with the release of his new single 'Love Me Now'.
In light of the event, Legend encouraged his followers to 'show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us.'
'Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it.'
'And it will ultimately win over hate,' he continued, 'I have to believe that.'
John asked his fans to send pictures of themselves with someone they care about, using the hashtag #lovemenow.
The heartfelt message comes after Hillary Clinton lost out in the presidential election, despite the continued support from Legend and a large number of fellow musicians and celebrities.
Artists like Beyonce, Jay Z, Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were all in favour of the female politician.
The official video for John Legend's 'Love Me Now' drops tomorrow.